June/July 2019

The Mansfield Rule and the Idaho State Bar: Let's Do This!

What does diversity look like here? It depends how you define “here” – is it a particular firm or partnership? Is it our local legal market? All attorneys in the state of Idaho? Attorneys in the West? Or even on a national level? For me, a female real estate, construction, and finance transactional attorney in Boise, Idaho, diversity is viewed through each of those lenses. I have personally witnessed the progress we have made over the past 13 years, since starting out as a junior associate with no context for diversity except growing up in Eastern Idaho – which is not exactly a place teeming with diversity – to today, where the conversation about diversity is front and center, as it should be.

In the article titled “The Mansfield Rule and the Idaho State Bar: Let’s Do This!” published by The Advocate in its June/July 2019 issue, Holland & Hart’s Anna Eberlin discusses her view and experiences with diversity as a member of the Idaho State Bar (ISB), stating that in 2009, 75% of the members of the ISB were men, with 25% women, and in 2018, the numbers had changed to 72% and 28%, respectively.

She also highlights how Holland & Hart is one of the early adopters of the Mansfield Rule, a program managed by the Diversity Lab with the goal of boosting the representation of female and diverse lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities. Holland & Hart was one of 41 firms to achieve Mansfield Rule Certification and one of only 27 firms to achieve Mansfield “Plus” Certification. The firm is now participating in Mansfield Rule 2.0, which expands the program to include LGBTQ+ lawyers as well as women and diverse attorneys; requires firms to measure consideration for participation in client pitch meetings; and requires transparency in leadership appointment and election processes.

To read the full article, click here.

Anna Eberlin is a partner at Holland & Hart, head of the Boise Office Real Estate and Construction Practice Group, and the Diversity Lieutenant for the Firm-Wide Real Estate and Construction Practice Group. She represents clients in a wide variety of transactional matters, including the areas of commercial and real estate transactions, financing, and corporate work.

Republished with permission, this article first appeared in The Advocate, June 2019.


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